Apple Watch: all you have to know about Apple's smartwatch

Smartwatches – they're definitely a thing now, and from the looks of it, interest in these novel timepieces is only going to rise in the foreseeable future. Need proof? Well, let's look at the facts – more than a million units of the Apple Watch have been pre-ordered so far, and sales figure are only bound to go higher now that Apple's smartwatch is available in stores. Yes, you can actually go to a major Apple outlet and check it out. Before you do that, however, you might want to take a look at our Apple Watch coverage. Here's all you need to know about Apple's timepiece.

Introduction and design

Apple has designed multiple variants of its smartwatch – the stylish Apple Watch, the sporty Watch Sport, and the luxury Watch Edition. While the latter version is the most expensive of the bunch, which is understandable with all that gold covering it, the Watch Sport is the most affordable. One can easily recognize the Watch Sport by its aluminum body and colorful strap made of fluoroelastomer. That's a rubbery-like polymer material made to withstand wear and tear. As for the regular Apple Watch, it is made of 316L stainless steel and features a leather or metal strap. The timepiece will be available in two sizes - 38 or 42 millimeters in width. 

Software and features

But at the end of the day, a smartphone is defined by what can be done with it. This is where the Apple Watch shines as it is probably the most functional smartwatch yet. It is designed for brief interactions – ones lasting only a few seconds – hence the simple, gesture-controlled user interface. Stock tickers, news, current Twitter trends, and updates on sports events are only at a swipe's distance, fed by the respective apps on your iPhone. Siri, Apple Pay, and a multitude of health and activity tracking features come integrated. Incoming calls can be answered straight from the watch or answered with a text/voice message. Hundreds of third-party apps Uber, Shazam, WeChat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram will be available from the get-go.

Price and release date

Understandably, the Apple Watch won't come cheap, as is the case with most other Apple products. The most affordable Apple Watch Sport will set you back $350 for the 38-millimeter model or $400 for the 42-millimeter variant. You'll have to pay extra for a premium Apple Watch model as their casing and straps are made of more premium materials. Strap prices vary between $49 and $449, depending on their build materials and design. As for the Watch Edition series, these will cost you a 5-digit figure, with the most expensive one costing $17,000. Yikes! The Apple Watch is now available online and in several of Apple's major retail stores.



1. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Base price of 350$?! I Could get a Moto G 2nd Gen plus a Gear for the same price. No thanks

3. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Apple typically charges a bit more than their competitions. To be fair, it's just part of their high-end oriented business model but it's great that we have choices. If other manufactures aren't releasing their compatible watches not that far from $300, $350 isn't that bad, even for Apple. I was expecting from $375 to $399.

4. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

the Gear S is priced at 350 as well.

5. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I stand corrected. Thank you.

6. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

350$ is for the small girl one, also the geal s works on its own

29. Cdowd85

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yes the gear s is 350 but it could also be used as a standalone device. It doesn't need to be tethered to wifi or another phone to be used.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. The Gear S starts at 299.99. Just depends on where you get it. I paid 299.99 for mine and even with tax it was less than $

13. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Not just the Moto G which is a midrange. Moto X 2014 begins at $399, only $50 more than Apple Watch Sport.

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

All u need to know it's the most expensive piece of junk on the market with a one day battery life

34. CuppaJoWo

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

The apple watch quite literally is junk, and that's an understatement. Apple somehow managed to make it look like a cheap casio watch that drops out from those 25cent toy machines. It gets even worse. The UI looks like a petri dish of bacteria colonies. And THIS was supposed to be a fashion statement?

35. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and people still buy it like they really need it :D

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Its an over priced POS.

23. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

More importantly, it's for peasants who need to take out a loan and make it seem like they are with the IN-CROWD. IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT BUYING AN APPLE WATCH, logoff and find the nearest 3000ft cliff.

7. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Only iPhoneArena could be excited about this expensive clap. Where are all the folks that said Android Wear watches were garbage, and we should all wait for Apple because they "would do it right" Lol

8. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

PA wrote articles about the better alternatives,even comparing it to classic watches.PA trying to imply that Apple Watch is pure s**t in design,no reason to buy it

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They didnt compare it to the Gear S because the Apple watch would look even more like a POS.

21. cloud2000

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

How many people do you know who wears a Android watch? I am not saying the Apple watch will be a runaway hit but I bet it will outsell Android minus all the cacophony from people raving how it's Apple fanboys buying it. If the fanboys can afford a $10,000 watch then I want to be that fanboy with $10k to spare on a smartwatch. Obviously, they have a better job than me and my Citizen.

9. Nikash

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

Apple make me celebrity and I will buy $10,000 one because I can not afford it. Stupid bonkers they need good marketing people in company.

10. Nathillien unregistered

I say - if someone wants a plain, kiddish looking, uninspiring, useless device with limiting battery life and clunky features on their wrist - let them have it.

20. cloud2000

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

What don't you like about Samsung's first attempt at a smart watch, the Gear? It was cheap at $299. Had great resolution of 320 x 320, 315mAh, 1.63 in panel, battery lasts a day, AND had a spiffy camera built into the wristband! Beat that Apple!

36. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung gear released at 2013.. that mean apple 2 year behind other competitor right? just like iPhone

11. TONNY040686

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Fkng crazy pricesss!!!! Never mind with that apple watch in my life!!

16. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

stop those marketing topics please. No one wants it

17. s_boy

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

If you live in the UK prepare to get royally ripped off, £479 ($710) for the cheapest model!!!

19. cloud2000

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I'll be sure to bring one over when I visit during the summer.

18. cloud2000

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

I like it. It is miles ahead of the competition even if others have come before it *cough cough* Samsung.

22. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

The sarcasm is strong in this one.

24. gaming64 unregistered

Hahaha. Some people should thank Apple. One day after buying an Apple Watch, someone would say " Hmmmmm. Wonder if there are more smart watches out there" Just like what they did with the PC, the smartphone, and the tablet, Apple can make devices more MAINSTREAM.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I've had 2 watches even before Apple thought to make one. So no, just no you are wrong. What Apple's watch does have me say is, I am so glad I didn't wait for it, or waste my money to buy it.

25. gaming64 unregistered

See many people here who hate the Apple Watch. Why wont you guys try it for yourselves *sigh*

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